Build Your Own Modular Wall Storage Units: Top Five Design Ideas

Wall Storage Unit

The first thing wall storage units bring to mind is a huge, complex storage unit that’s close to impossible to build and only found within your home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Modular wall units can be as basic or as complex as you want them to be, and you can place them wherever best suits your lifestyle and needs. We’re not all handy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t build a wall storage unit that’s functional, stylish, and something we can be proud of and use every day both inside and outside the home.

Try building a wall unit in your garage to house any wayward tools or even to create the ultimate man cave. While you’re at it, make sure you attend to other areas of the garage by getting professional garage door repairs completed as part of your project, as well as fixing any leaks you might have in there because not only is that costly and potentially damaging, the impact of plumbing leaks on the environment can be a problem too. That way, everything will be in perfect working order.

To get started on building your own modular wall unit storage, you’re going to need some building supplies, especially if you are going to be drilling through walls or altering the structure, especially if you’re touching your roof in any way. You might use a pitch calculator for roof to make sure that your garage space is draining water properly to keep your storage units dry.

Make a list of everything that you are going to need because it will reduce any hiccups you may have during the project. For example, if you’re installing a wall unit above a radiator, you’ll need to make sure you get regular heater maintenance so the bottoms of your unit don’t get singed, and so the heat can still distribute properly. If you are ready to take on this DIY project, you should be well-equipped.

Check out our top 5 design ideas for modular wall storage units.


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1. Giant Wooden Pegboard

XAOMLP Wooden Pegboard Wall Control Modular Display Organization Storage Wall Hooks Shelf 15.2in x 7.6in 2PC

My mind immediately turns to a garage or workshop – a place to hang tools – when I think of pegboards. But they’re also perfect for the kitchen, playroom, and anywhere inside the house actually. This DIY shelving unit can be made as large or as small as you need it to be for any wall, room, or floor space. You can use one panel to cover a small space or multiple panels if you want to utilize a large wall. The shelves are also removable and interchangeable, making the layout flexible for creating a new look. You can also use the pegboard as a coat rack or for hanging plants and art. It’s one of the most versatile modular storage units.

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2. Hexagon Honeycomb Modular Shelves

Honeycomb Floating Shelves, Set of 6, Natural Rustic Wood, Hexagon Wall Mount Decor for Living/Dining Room, Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom or Office Gallery Wall, Screws and Installation Manual Included

These small shelves can be built as a single unit or combined to create a bigger, more intricate wall storage unit. What’s interesting about this unit is that it’s made completely out of popsicle sticks, yet it’s surprisingly durable. Once together, the unit can be stained or painted to match any decor. You can even make a fun and colorful storage unit for a child’s bedroom or playroom.

Get the template and instructions here


3. A-Frame Ladder Shelving Unit

Winsome Wood 4-Tier A-Frame Shelf, Dark Espresso

Ladder shelving units are becoming increasingly popular due to their sleek and stylish design. They can also be tailored to the specific needs of any room. This project may seem like a challenge due to the various lengths of wood you have to utilize, but it can be put together in a weekend. Once it’s together, you can use stain or paint to customize it to your taste.

See the instructions and video tutorial here


4. Floating Corner Shelves

Evron Corner Mounting Shelf,Easy to Install Wall Corner Shelf,Set of 2 (White Wood Striped with Hole Pattern)

Space is typically wasted in the corner of the room. While we consider a floating shelf a stand-alone storage option, multiple floating shelves combined can turn that wasted wall space into a wall-mounted bookshelf or a great place to display your pictures. When used together, these easy-to-build shelves can give the look of a custom built-in unit at a fraction of the cost.

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5. Pallet Shelves

MyGift 3-Tier Dark Brown Wood Pallet-Style Decorative Wall Mounted Display Shelf

Pallets may be the way to go if you’re into a rustic look. They often end up in a scrap pile near a store or factory, giving you an inexpensive pile of rustic-looking wood.

Pallet wood can be used for making wall-mounted shelving units. Plus, if you turn over the pallet, you’ll see that you can turn it into two or three shelves. Once the pallet is cut into individual shelves, those pieces can then be attached vertically, horizontally, or a combination of the two with some simple brackets from the hardware store before being mounted on the wall to create an eye-catching module wall unit. The pallet’s versatility means you can leave it as is for a rustic look or either stain or paint it to match your decor.

There’s no need to spend a bunch of money for a little extra storage space. Instead, you can use some of the options we’ve listed to create your very own wall unit storage solution.

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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.